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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( Dec. ’17 ) !

DECEMBER 2017        |        BeaconAthletics.com

Great Deals for December…

These offers are only around this month, take advantage today!

Adjustable Weight Nail Drag with 4 Field Weights

— SAVE $50! —

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  With Beacon Field Weights, you can adjust the weight of this 6 ft nail drag as needed. The correct weight depends upon many factors. This system puts you in control. — Reg. $329  NOW $279 (valid for drag with 4 field weights thru 12/31/2017)

Triple Play Batter’s Box Template

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours! All of your batter’s box sizes in one template. This batter’s box template is a big time saver and makes sure your batter’s box is always accurately aligned with home plate. Three sizes in one simple template. — Reg. $135  NOW $95 (thru12/31/2017)

Schutt Four-Sided YOUTH Pitching Rubber

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Pitching rubber made from rubber with PVC tube insert. — Reg. $65  NOW $55 (valid for youth only thru 12/31/2017)

Professional Rigid Steel Mat Drag

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Speedy between-innings touchups and pre-game prep. Designed by our head groundskeeper. Former Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper Paul Zwaska designed, tested and perfected our Pro Rigid Steel Mat Drag. Its leading edge levels surfaces while the slightly angled rigid steel skims over the field — no digging in — for a smooth finish and minimal displacement. — Reg. $215  NOW $199 (valid for 6′ drag only thru 12/31/2017)

Hollywood Four-Sided Pitching Rubber

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours! Heavy-duty rubber cover with aluminum tube insert. Regulation pitching rubber (6″ x 6″ x 24″) — Reg. $129  NOW $109 (valid thru12/31/2017)

Scott Enterprises donates $50,000 for sports park renovation !

Scott Enterprises is pledging a $50,000 donation towards the redevelopment of Family First Sports Park.

Scott Enterprises’ donation is contributing to a wave of momentum surrounding the project, which includes transforming the facility’s existing indoor soccer fields into two NHL sized ice rinks.  “the improved Family First Sports Park will be a major driver of regional tourism and will showcase Erie in a truly tremendous fashion,” explains Nick Scott Sr., President and Owner of Scott Enterprises.  “Centrally located in the tri-state area makes it the ideal location for a sports complex of this magnitude.  We’re proud to be able to donate and support this initiative.”

The Greater Regional Erie Athletic Team Training, or GREATT, is promising to create the finest sports facility that the greater Erie area has ever seen and intends to build one of the best sports facilities in the nation.

President of GREATT says, “we are so pleased by the Scotts’ generous donation… this gift is yet another indicator of the Scotts’ commitment to the Erie community.  We are very grateful.  This truly adds to the future excitement surrounding the park.”

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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( Nov. ’17 ) !

NOVEMBER 2017        |        BeaconAthletics.com

There’s still time!

Our NOVEMBER SPECIALS offer some outstanding value and are only around through the end of this month…

ProFlex Hose

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Our most durable and longest lasting hose. This premium 1″ ID PVC hose looks and feels like rubber but the PVC material adds great durability. Long shank machined brass fittings for professional performance. Working pressure up to 150 psi. 50′ or 100′.  — Reg. $175-$285  NOW $149-$242 (thru 11/30/2017)

1″ GH Field Hose

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours! Improved design: this hose handles a working pressure up to 150 psi. Constructed with a smooth PVC inner tube.— Reg. $125-$199  NOW $106-$169 (valid for 1″ hose only, 50′ or 100′ 1″ thru 11/30/2017)

Pitching and Batting Mat

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Straight edge 4′ x 6′ mat with 1/2″ nonporous 100% recycled black rubber. Mats are flat on one side with non-skid texture on the other and can be used as either a pitching/batting mat or dugout rubber mat flooring. — Reg. $99  NOW $84 (thru 11/30/2017)

Heavy-Duty CH Anchors

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Ideal for fields with multiple base lengths. Requires no digging or concrete. Saves time & money while installation only takes minutes.— Reg. $26-$36  NOW $22-$30 (valid for heavy-duty anchors only thru 11/30/2017)

Hollywood Kwik-Release Double 1st Base Set

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Will compress and then disengagefrom base upon impact, if necessary.  — Reg. $395  NOW $355 (valid for varsity double 1st base set only thru 11/30/2017)

Hollywood Impact® Double 1st Base

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Patented chevron design allows the base to compress upon impact. Heavy-duty, molded rubber construction. — Reg. $159  NOW $135 (valid for double 1st base only thru 11/30/2017)

Bulldog Field Equipment Pitching Rubber

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  This is the best pitching rubber ever. You’ll flip for the Bulldog — literally. With a 3 in core center and 40 lbs of rubber — yes, FORTY POUNDS! — you get maximum durability and performance. When you need to, just flip the rubber to another side and you have even more long-lasting performance. This professional quality rubber is designed to outlast any other brand. — Reg. $259  NOW $229 (valid for adult pitching rubber only thru 11/30/2017)

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Water sports park planned for Lake Nona in Orlando, FL !

Nona Adventure Park will feature a solar-powered water ski and wakeboard cable park, an inflatable aqua park, a climbing tower with a ropes course and climbing walls, the Bahamas-based private investment organization said.

Read: Amazon to build mega warehouse in Orlando

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Company officials said the park will also feature a café and a shop where professional equipment can be rented or purchased.

The attraction, which will be built next to the Orlando VA Medical Center, is scheduled to open in the summer and will remain open year-round.

The park will connect to the development’s trails, and discounts will be offered to visitors who don’t use a vehicle to travel to the park, officials said.

 

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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( Nov. ’17 ) !

Nov. 13, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

Give Me Some Water — I grew up in California, in the San Francisco area. Over the course of the first twenty-five years of my life we experienced a major drought and some other moderate droughts, too. If you have ever lived in an area where water scarcity is a concern, your role as a groundskeeper or sports turf manager becomes heavily scrutinized in a hurry. “Why on earth are you watering dirt?!!!!” Believe me, I heard that loudly a number of times in my teens and early twenties, when I was tending to fields or working as a baseball coach in California. To the novice, the notion of watering around home plate, on the baselines and the infield dirt is about dust control. To the grounds manager on a baseball field, watering dirt is about ensuring that the entire soil profile players hit, pitch, run and field on has sufficient moisture not just on the surface, but through the surface… Read the rest of Larry DiVito’s article about managing moisture on your fields at Ballfields.comGive Me Some Water

Visit Ballfields.com frequently for tips & articles andGroundskeeperU.com for online training.

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IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Patented chevron design allows the base to compress upon impact. Heavy-duty, molded rubber construction. Reg. $159  NOW $135 (valid for single double 1st base only thru November 30)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — Puddle Pump Combo — SAVE $98!  — This is a great opportunity. This exclusive combo includes: the puddle pump and 25′ hose, as well as the quick hose coupling. Pumps muddy water at a rate of 20 gal per minute. Base disc keeps mud out of the pump. Slightly-used condition.Puddle Pump Combo

Fresh specials. Great Deals for November!

Click for great deals and superior value from the Beacon Store. We’re highlighting selected products from The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our motivation is to help you work smarter with innovative products and to help you make your ballfields more playable and safe. We’ve been helping America maintain and improve its fields since 1948. And remember, if you’re not happy, we’re not happy. If something’s not right, we’ll refund your purchase price and pay for the return shipping. We guarantee 100% satisfaction. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

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Ground broke for disc golf course in Gladstone Sports Park in MI. !

Jordan Beck | Daily Press From left, Ben Hewitt of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, financial supporter of the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park disc golf course Terry Reynolds, Eric McCabe of Dynamic Course Design, Jason Davis of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, Jen Tucker of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Robin Holmes of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club, Robert VanDamme of the Community Foundation for Delta County, and Jon Harris and Rick Elrod of Noc Bay Flyers take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new disc golf course at the Gladstone Sports Park Wednesday afternoon.

Jordan Beck | Daily Press From left, Ben Hewitt of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, financial supporter of the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park disc golf course Terry Reynolds, Eric McCabe of Dynamic Course Design, Jason Davis of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department, Jen Tucker of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Robin Holmes of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club, Robert VanDamme of the Community Foundation for Delta County, and Jon Harris and Rick Elrod of Noc Bay Flyers take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new disc golf course at the Gladstone Sports Park Wednesday afternoon.

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GLADSTONE, MI — People involved with efforts to develop a new disc golf course in Gladstone took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the course at the Gladstone Sports Park Wednesday afternoon.

According to Jon Harris, co-chair of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club, the project has been in the works for well over a year.

“We started discussing this in March of 2016,” he said. Noc Bay Flyers is hoping the course will be ready for public use in late May or early June of 2018.

2010 Disc Golf World Champion Eric McCabe of Dynamic Course Design, who created the layout that will be used for the new course, attended Wednesday’s ceremony.

“About a year ago, I flew out here just to look at some land,”he said. At that time, he and members of Noc Bay Flyers determined the Gladstone Sports Park would be an ideal location for a new disc golf course in the area.

Harris agreed with McCabe’s assessment of the location.

“The Sports Park is just made for disc golf,” he said.

Noc Bay Flyers President Robin Holmes said Gladstone’s new course will be among the best courses in the area.

“It’s (going to) be one of the nicest disc golf courses in Michigan and northern Wisconsin,” he said.

The Sports Park disc golf course should be enjoyable for both veteran and amateur disc golfers, McCabe said.

“All skill levels are (going to) be able to come out and have a good time,” he said. The course will feature a 27-hole layout, with two tee pads and two baskets at each hole.

To fund the establishment of the course, Noc Bay Flyers organized a crowdfunding campaign earlier this fall. This campaign, which had a funding goal of $25,000, was run through Michigan-based website “Patronicity.”

About 170 people and groups contributed more than $27,000 to the campaign — including the Community Foundation for Delta County, which presented its donation of $10,000 during the ceremony.

“This is something that we feel really passionate about,”Community Foundation for Delta County Board Member Robert VanDamme said.

Thanks to this support, the project was awarded a matching grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Public Spaces, Community Places” program.

“It was just amazing to see the interest in this whole thing,”Assistant Director of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department Jason Davis said. The city served as a liaison between Noc Bay Flyers and Patronicity.

Davis said he was glad to be able to play a role in bringing the course to the area.

“We’re stoked about having it here in Gladstone,” he said.

Harris gave his thanks to the people who made this project possible.

“This couldn’t have happened without the community (and) the city of Gladstone,” he said.

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Lake Forest hosts game night for special needs community !

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Residents of Lake Forest enjoy a patriotic themed Special Needs Dance at Lake Forest City Hall, July 8. The city will host a Special Needs Game Night, 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Lake Forest Sports Park. (Photo by Bill Alkofer,Orange County Register/SCNG)

Orange County, CA. –

The city of Lake Forest is hosting a Special Needs Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at the Lake Forest Sports Park.

The city holds a number of events for the special needs community, including dances and other recreation activities, throughout the year.

The game night will include board games such as Disney Guess Who, Giant Jenga, Battleship and more. Participants can also make special spooky crafts for Halloween.

Light refreshments will be available and the event is free to attend. To register, call Marilyn Norment at 949-461-3447

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What: Special Needs Game Night

When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27

Where: Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Pkwy.

Cost:  . . . . Free . . . .

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Mega sports park to break ground Tuesday in Colorado !

Loveland, CO. – The developers of Rocky Mountain Sports Park, a vast baseball and softball complex in north Windsor, will announce major partnerships during a groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release.

The 68-field, 490-acre destination facility at the southwest corner of Harmony Road and Colo. 257 will feature a centerpiece stadium, dorms, indoor practice areas and training facilities for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and football, the release said.

The development also will have hotels, restaurants, shopping and health care.

Rocky Mountain Sports Park, 7775 Weld County Road 74, will have artificial turf on all its fields, according to the website rockymountainsportspark.com. Play is expected to begin in 2019.

The complex will be built by 4 Square Construction and Management in Wyoming.

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City of El Paso approves funding plan for east side sports complex !

El Paso, TX –  It’s a first for the city.

An interesting funding plan for the expansion of an east side sports park has been approved by city council.

 The park in far east El Paso at Montwood and John Hayes street is already under construction.

It will have 18 flat fields, bike and hiking trails among other amenities.

People ABC-7 spoke with are excited knowing an 80 acre sports park is being constructed in their area.

Some say they like the funding plan, others don’t like some of the stipulations that come with it.

 “We have some small pocket parks out here but we don’t really have large parks. In fact we don’t have any large parks,” Dr. Michiel Noe said in a 2016 interview with ABC-7.

ABC-7 interviewed him right after breaking ground on the park.

When completed it will have 18 fields that can be used for soccer or football. The park will also have walk and bike trails, a playground and exercise equipment.

“People that I know in this area they mostly play soccer,” Ricardo Rivero said.

Rivero is a UTEP student and avid soccer player.

ABC-7 interviewed him holding his cleats in one hand and soccer ball in the other.

Rivero likes the idea of a sports park in his neighborhood.

“Some parks are crowded. There’s a lot of people and you have to wait until some teams are finished practicing so another team can jump in and practice,” Rivero said.

 

The cost of the park will be around $21 million.

$10 million from the 2012 quality of life bonds will help pay for the park but the city approved two funding methods to pay for the rest.

The city created a public improvement district or PID.

People who will live in the neighborhood that is currently undeveloped and adjacent to the park will pay about $200 a year for 15 years and they will have free access to the park.

The city also created a tax increment reinvestment zone or TIRZ. A portion of the taxes people pay in the designated area will stay in the neighborhood but there’s a catch: People under the TIRZ, and anyone else that wants to use the park, will have to pay an entrance fee.

“I don’t agree with the park being only for games and you have to pay to go in. Other parks are free, they can practice and still play games,” Rivero said.

Construction for phase one of the park has already started. It’s expected to be completed in December.

Phase two should start by February of next year.

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Best New Concessions Experience: Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI !

Miller Park 2017With an overhaul of food and beverage operations at Miller Park in 2017, the Milwaukee Brewers and Delaware North Sportservice went full Sconnie with a slate of new offerings and concourse layouts. For these upgrades, we’re awarding Miller Park the 2017 Ballpark Digest Award for Best New Concessions Experience.

“The food experience at Miller Park tended to be pretty generic in the past, and the concourse concessions layout made for some troublesome bottlenecks,” said Ballpark Digest Publisher Kevin Reichard. “The renovated Miller Park concessions not only added new food and beverage items with a Wisconsin focus, they also dramatically improved the traffic flow throughout the ballpark.”

For 2017, the Brewers and Delaware North Sportservice embarked on a $20-million overhaul of Miller Park food and beverage concessions, upping the local offerings while tearing out existing concession stands and installing new ones—the biggest changes to Miller Park since it opened in 2001. The new Field Level First Base Ward and Third Base Ward spaces were remodeled and the concessions upgraded. In many ways, it was a simplified approach to Miller Park concessions, with many portable stands removed. The large concession stands on the Field Level (the main 360-degree concourse level) that formerly blocked views of the game were replaced by beverage stands with beer (including a wide selection of microbrews), mixed drinks and cocktails. Specialty stands featuring AJ Bombers fresh burgers, Klement’s sausages and brats, cheese curds, hot chips topped with bratwurst, built-to-order street tacos, frozen custard, Smoke Shack BBQ and more are now located to the side of the concourses, allowing for a better traffic flow on the Field Level. Other changes, including the installation of new dedicated stands, were also made throughout the ballpark.

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“We took a lot of guest feedback and listened to what the fans wanted,” says Executive Chef Seth VanderLaan. “In the end, those fans told us they wanted more local foods and restaurant-quality food.”

That meant more partnerships with local vendors: AJ Bombers fresh burgers, all-new/all-natural sausages prepared for Miller Park by Klements, Zaffiro’s pizza, freshly prepared frozen custard, a wider selection of Wisco microbrews (including regional favorites from Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Chippewa Falls at a Loge Level stand) and, of course, the quintessential local cocktail: a Korbel Brandy Old Fashioned, served sweet, of course. Yes, you can still get your basic hot dog, Secret Stadium Sauce and Miller High Life at the ballpark, but now you purchase an all-natural Klements sausage and a Badger Club Amber or a Riverwest Stein.

That meant more prep work onsite. For instance, the partnership with Smoke Shack and parent Hospitality Democracy led to in-house smoking and the use of all-natural, antibiotic-free pork and beef. In all, concessions staff smoked 1,000 pounds of pork and beef for game days. Similarly, with all the burgers prepared fresh, even more prep work was added for 2017.

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This award represents a change for how we’ve covered food in the annual Ballpark Digest awards. In the past, we’ve recognized individual food items, and we’ll continue to recognize individual dishes as a separate category. But with food such an important part of the professional baseball experience these days, it makes sense to recognize overall programs. In the case of Miller Park and executive chef VanderLaan, the food program includes the fan-facing spaces as well as player meals, prepared in consultation with the team nutritionist (“our goal is better performance for players, so we fuel their bodies—and, obviously, the meals need to taste good,” VanderLaan says). For the Brewers front office and Delaware North Sportservice, the goal to elevate the total fan experience.

“We are honored to receive this award for our new food and beverage experience at Miller Park,” said Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger. “We view the Miller Park experience as much more than a baseball game, and fan satisfaction is our top priority. With Delaware North and many other partners’ support, this project was a very high priority for stakeholders. It proved to be the largest private financial investment since Miller Park opened, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”

“It’s quite an honor to share this award with the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Carlos Bernal, president of Delaware North Sportservice. “We are fortunate to be partners with a team that prioritizes their fan experience. Chef Seth, our general manager Ken Gaber and their crew collaborated with the Brewers to bring a progressive, culinary concession vision to life at Miller Park.”

According to VanderLaan, Brewers fans can expect more changes for 2018. The Brewers and Delaware North Sportservice hit the four major Wisconsin food groups in 2017—beer, cheese curds, sausage and frozen custard—but there are potentially a few more unique offerings on tap. “We have some things in the works with local ties,” he said.

“Yeah, we’re suckers for an AJ Bombers burger or a well-prepared Old Fashioned,” Reichard added. “But the changes at Miller Park transcended the introduction of a new food item or two, as every team does that in the offseason. They elevated the fan experience in several ways, and that effort merits recognition.”

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